The final pattern in Self-Centered, my new collection of crochet hat patterns for self-striping and self-patterning yarns, is Eccentric Concentric. It's a slouchy hat with a chunky, head-hugging ribbing.
When you use a self-patterning yarn, it forms rectangular blocks of color in a ring. At left, the contrast yarn is Red Heart Super Saver Blacklight.
Design 4: Evoking Italy
Pisa takes advantage of crochet’s tendency to slant when worked in the round.
Parallelograms – resembling the famous leaning tower in Italy – begin to appear as this slouchy hat is crocheted in a self-striping yarn combined with a lighter/darker solid-color yarn.
A Delicious Riblet
I designed Riblet to use up every last beautiful yard in a partial skein of self-striping yarn. It takes less than 50 yards of self-striping yarn -- even in the extra-large size, and about 100 yards of the solid-color yarn.
Here's another hat with spiral construction from my upcoming collection.
This cloche is called Singular because it's all single crochet, including the optional tie.
Self-Centered, a collection of patterns for variegated yarns, will be out this week. My first patterns of 2016!
I'll show the rest of the hats this week -- one a day. The hat on the collection cover, above, is named Spiriferous, for its spiral construction.
Where Do All the Buttons Go?
Today I'm figuring out the button placement for a ring of buttons around a brimmed hat.
In the past, I've made it easy on myself by spacing the buttons an inch apart. So, for a hat with a 22-in./56 cm circumference, 22 buttons. Easy.
But, for this hat, the buttons are bigger and I only have 18 of them.
So I divided the circumference by the number of buttons and came up with spacing of 1 1/3 in.
From a prior experience that wasn't a happy one, I knew that I needed to mark each button location before sewing all the buttons on. It was a hard-earned lesson, akin to "Measure twice, cut once."
Donna, a crochet stitch expert (who very modestly points out that she's a self-taught crocheter), says she's never seen my new version of half-double-crochet ribbing.
This is the stitch I wrote about in my previous post. It's a more refined ribbing that uses the upper post of hdc stitches instead of the usual post.
Above is a photo showing the wrong side of the ribbing, which is also nice.
The most descriptive name I'm come up with so far is Upper Post Ribbing. But I think Spareribs would be a cute nickname!
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